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The White Army

General A.I. Denikin

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After the Bolshevik seizure of power in Russia, the white Movement was formed by Tsarist officers in an effort to turn back the tide of revolution, assisted by the country's former allies in the First World War. A prominent figure in the movement was the half-Polish General Denikin, whose memoirs, published in five volumes, provide an account of his experiences in the Russian civil war which was to last for four years. This book is a shortened version of his memoirs which first appeared in English a decade after the war ended.

Denikin became commander-in-chief of the White Armies in Southern Russia after the deaths of Generals Kornilov and Alexeev in 1918. His troops achieved notable success in the Kuban region on the north-eastern edge of the Black Sea, where after initial reverses they scored an emphatic victory over the enemy. In 1919 Denikin launched his offensives in the Caucasus and the Ukraine, which again were effective until a combination of factors - fighting on too many fronts, extended lines of communication, a divergence of aims among the leadership of the White forces, and the ever-decreasing support of their Western allies - led inevitably to his defeat and disillusionment.

The book's introduction is by Alan Wood a Senior Lecturer in Russian History at Lancaster University and Convenor of the British Universities Siberian Studies Seminar. Among his numerous publications on Russian and Soviet history are Siberia: Problems and Prospects for Regional Development; Origins of the Russian Revolution; Stalin and Stalinism.


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